FROM Cynthia Littleton
Donald Trump Sells Miss Universe Trump’s been leading in the polls, but his politics have been clashing with his some of his business ventures. So today, he announced he’s unloading one of those ventures. Trump has sold the Miss Universe beauty pageant empire. For months, he’s been battling with the TV networks that air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants because of his comments on immigration. We get a primer on the sale.
HBO Now, Andy Lack's Back, Two Comedies, Two Strategies HBO reveals some details, including the price, behind their new OTT service. Andy Lack returns to NBC News, but that doesn't mean Brian Williams will be coming back. A very sad goodbye to Simpson's co-creator Sam Simon. And we take a look at two new, quirky comedies that were launched with very different strategies.
TV Pilot Season Shakeup We’re in the middle of March Madness - the basketball tournament - but that’s also a perfect name for TV’s pilot season. This is the height of the network’s annual scramble to produce new shows and roll out their Fall line-ups. It’s a costly and slightly crazy tradition - and it’s only gotten costlier and crazier. For years, network executives have said that they were going to do things a better way. Now it seems like that’s finally started to happen.
The Alternatives to Cable There are a head-spinning number of ways to watch TV these days that don’t even involve a cable box. And that’s the argument Comcast is going to make as it defends its acquisition of Time-Warner Cable. We untangle the web of TV alternatives to figure out what our options are and what they will be in the future.
After Year in Limbo, SAG Finally Ratifies Contract It's finally over. After a year of bitter in-fighting, the Screen Actors Guild has overwhelmingly approved a new contract . The deal looks much the same as one SAG was offered by the studios last year and which has already been approved by the AFTRA , the Writers' Guild and Directors' Guild . Cynthia Littleton is Deputy Editor of News at Variety , a daily trade publication covering the entertainment industry.
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
San Francisco, Santa Clara challenge Trump's sanctuary policies San Francisco and Santa Clara have filed suit to block President Trump’s executive order to withdraw federal funding from cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration officials. A hearing is set for Friday.
What does the Paris terrorist attack mean for Europe? There was another terrorist attack in Paris Thursday. A police officer was killed, two other officers were wounded, and the shooter was killed. Officials are calling the attack terrorism. There have been more than a half dozen terrorist attacks in France over the past two years.